How men and women's salaries compare at Facebook, Google, Apple, and other top tech companies

Getty Images/ MaskotOn average, a woman working full time earns 80.7 cents for every dollar a man working full time earns.
  • Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are testifying on Wednesday before Congress on antitrust issues.
  • But there’s another issue at top tech companies that’s going unaddressed – the wage gap between men and women.
  • Women are offered 3% less money than men for the same tech job at the same company, according to 2019 data from Hired, a job website that focuses on placing people in tech jobs.
  • A report by business price comparison website Small Business Prices analysed self-reported salary data from several large tech employers.
  • The report showed that, in general, women earn less than then men at some of the world’s top tech companies.
  • This could be attributed to the fact that high-paid software engineers are more likely to be male than female.
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Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are testifying on Wednesday before Congress to defend their business practices and argue they’re not so big that they’re stifling competition. It’s an important issue, but it’s not the only one these tech CEOs face.

Another big issue is the clear pay differences between men and women in the industry. A look at salary data from the world’s top tech companies shows that, despite efforts to achieve equal pay, the wage gap persists.

On average, a woman working full time earns 80.7 cents for every dollar a man working full time earns. Women’s median annual earnings are $US9,909 less than men’s, according to data from the US Census Bureau. And in tech, women are offered 3% less than men for the same job at the same company in, according to 2019 data from Hired, a job website that focuses on placing people in tech jobs.

Using self-reported salary data from PayScale, a salary website and software company, analysts from Small Business Prices, a business price comparison website, looked at salary info for 10 Fortune 100 tech companies. They compared the salary data for men to women and found, on average, a consistent trend. For the most part, men consistently reported earning more than women. This data was self reported by employees and may change over time.

The difference may be attributed to the fact that software engineers at tech companies, which make some of the highest salaries, are more likely to be male than female, as the data encompassed salary data for all roles at a company.

Here’s how men and women’s self-reported salaries compare at some of the world’s top tech companies, ranked by the difference between men and women’s reported salaries, with companies listed in order of how big the gender wage gap is. At all firms except for one, men self-report higher salaries than women.


Women at Facebook make $US17,000 less than their male counterparts.

Christoph Dernbach/Picture Alliance/Getty ImagesFacebook has approximately 44,942 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US120,000

Average men’s salary: $US129,000

Average women’s salary: $US112,000


Women at PayPal make $US12,000 less than their male counterparts.

Shutterstock/I AM NIKOMPaypal has approximately 23,200 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US111,000

Average men’s salary: $US118,500

Average women’s salary: $US106,500


Women at Apple make $US12,000 less than their male counterparts.

ReutersApple has approximately 137,000 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US123,000

Average men’s salary: $US121,000

Average women’s salary: $US109,000


Women at Oracle make $US11,500 less than their male counterparts.

Reutershas approximately 136,000 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US109,000

Average men’s salary: $US116,000

Average women’s salary: $US104,500


Women at Google make $US11,500 less than their male counterparts.

BloombergAlphabet, Google’s parent company has approximately 118,899 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US115,000

Average men’s salary: $US120,000

Average women’s salary: $US109,000


Women at Cisco make $US9,500 less than their male counterparts.

ReutersCisco has approximately 759,00 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US106,000

Average men’s salary: $US112,500

Average women’s salary: $US103,00


Women at Microsoft make $US5,500 less than their male counterparts.

ReutersMicrosoft has approximately 148,465 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US119,000

Average men’s salary: $US119,000

Average women’s salary: $US113,500


Women at eBay make $US5,000 less than their male counterparts.

ReuterseBay has approximately 133,00 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US124,000

Average men’s salary: $US119,500

Average women’s salary: $US114,500


Women at Visa make $US3,000 less than their male counterparts.

Associated PressVisa is considered a payment technology company.

Average salary: $US109,000

Average men’s salary: $US115,000

Average women’s salary: $US112,000


Women at Adobe make $US21,000 more than their male counterparts.

AdobeAdobe has approximately 22,634 employees worldwide.

Average salary: $US104,000

Average men’s salary: $US105,500

Average women’s salary: $US126,500

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